March 11, 2009

In the Cards: Love by Mariah Fredericks

LoveAnna Morris thinks of herself as a blah-nobody among her friends: sweet and shy Syd and wild goth Eve; and sometimes thinks she's unable to say no: She can't say it to her mother when she stuck her with taking care of her little brother Russell, and she can't say it when her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Rosemont, ask her to cat-sit for her. Then Mrs. Rosemont died and left her one of her cats, Psycho Mouli and a deck of Tarot Cards.

On an impulse, she and her friends decide to make a reading, trying to figure out what will happen between Anna and her crush former geek turned Greek god Declan. At first, Anna is kind of ambivalent about the card and what they tell, but then things start to happen!

I don't want to spoil, so I'll just say that I do see Love in the horizon for Anna.

It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, and I'm still not sure I like Anna's friend Eve; yet, the dynamics between the three girls work And I want to read the next book In the Cards: Fame, even if Eve is not my favorite out of the friends.

What I like the most about this book is that it's about a normal girl: she doesn't fight aliens, she's smart but not super smart, she's neither a social reject nor is she super popular, she falls in the middle were most of us are. And what I love the most about Mariah Frederick's writing (something that shows here and that showed very clearly in The True Meaning of Cleavage -one of my favorite books ever) is that she is consistent in saying one thing: You're best when you are yourself.



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